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Business Notes May 11

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■ Healthcare names CRMC

among ‘150 Great Places to Work’

CROSBY — Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby is among 150 organizations in the nation recognized in Becker’s Healthcare’s 2014 list of “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare,” a compilation of hospitals, health systems, ambulatory surgery centers, physician groups, vendors and other healthcare organizations that provide excellent work environments and outstanding benefits to their employees.

Becker’s Healthcare has been compiling a list of Great Places to Work in Healthcare annually since 2011, but this is the first year non-provider organizations were included on the list.

To develop the list, the Becker’s Healthcare reported its editorial team conducted research, considered nominations and evaluated organizations based on their benefits, workplace culture, professional development opportunities and previous recognition for workplace excellence. The resulting list is a compilation of 150 healthcare organizations that go above and beyond for their employees and are great places to work.

Other Minnesota organizations included in the 2014 edition are Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center, both in Rochester, and Regions and United Healthcare in the Twin Cities. For the complete list go to

Becker’s Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Content is geared toward high-level hospital leaders. Each issue of Becker’s Hospital Review reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute-care hospital CEOs, CFOs and CIOs.

■ Albrecht named chairman

of MNCUN board

BAXTER — Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union President Chuck Albrecht was named chairman of the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MNCUN) Board of Directors at the organization’s annual meeting and convention, April 25-26, in Bloomington.

Albrecht will serve a three-year term in his position as chair.

The Minnesota Credit Union Network is an organization representing the state’s 133 not-for-profit cooperative credit unions serving more than 1.6 million member-owners in Minnesota. For more information, visit

Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative with offices in Alexandria, Baxter, Brainerd, Crosby, Little Falls, Pequot Lakes and Staples.

■ Toft travels to U.S. Capitol

BAXTER — Judy Toft, a Baxter senior branch office administrator for the financial-services firm Edward Jones, recently met with legislators in Washington, D.C., to seek retirement savings incentives for individual investors.

This is the 29th year for this effort — making it one of the longest-running nationwide grassroots outreach efforts to Congress in existence.

Toft was one of 19 branch office administrators chosen from among the firm’s more than 12,000 who traveled to Washington, D.C., on behalf of individual investors.

Toft does this as a member of the firm’s Grassroots Task Force, a group dedicated to voicing the investment concerns of individual investors to local, state and national lawmakers.

■ Essentia Health honors 12 nurses

Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center celebrated National Nurses Day May 6 with a ceremony awarding nominated nurses recognition of the Essentia Health values they model in their daily work.

As the largest employer in the county, 30 percent of the 1,300 employees — almost one out of three staff members — are nurses.

Pat DeLong, Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center & Clinics Chief Nursing Officer

Essentia Health honored twelve nurses who embody our six values — stewardship, justice, respect, hospitality, quality, and teamwork.

Terri Zeidler, licensed practical nurse (LPN), from Pequot Lakes and Terri Botz, LPN from Backus, received the Stewardship award for not only maintaining cost effectiveness for facility, but promoting wellbeing of Essentia Health patients to ensure the highest quality care within financial and resource limits.

Nicole Gustafson, registered nurse (RN), and Sandy Norr, RN from Baxter, received the Justice award for ensuring patient and family needs are addressed and that patients and visitors are treated equally within Essentia Health facilities.

Bonnie Brandon, RN, and Sara Fleck, RN from Brainerd, received the Respect award for treating patients, coworkers and families as their equal and respects their input into the care of the patient.

Janet Stanton, RN, and Abbey Baillif, RN from Brainerd, received the Hospitality award for consistently making patients, visitors and coworkers feel welcome in Essentia Health facilities.

Hannah Rempe, RN from Baxter, and Jane Curran, RN from Breezy Point, received the Quality award for finding ways to improve care and consistently seeks learning to provide the highest level of care possible thus showing in their work that they are striving to ensure that Essentia Health is the facility of choice for Quality Care.

Tucker Sheley, RN, and Naomi Mowers, RN from Brainerd, received the Teamwork award for being an active participant in daily activities and openly promotes teamwork and interdisciplinary communication among others to promote the best possible outcomes for those seeking care at Essentia Health.

Nurses honored quickly praised their coworkers for their teamwork.

National Nurses Week will continue until May 12 which is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday.


■ Baymont Inn & Suites

hosts Business After Hours

BAXTER — The employees of Baymont Inn & Suites is hosting Business After Hours from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday at 7208 Fairview Road in Baxter.

During Business After Hours, Baymont Inn & Suites will provide chamber members with hors d’oeuvres and beverages, information about its offerings and door prizes.

This is part one of a mystery-filled event, where participants get to figure out a “who done it.” Clues will be given. The reveal will take place at the June Business After Hours at AmericInn Lodge and Suites.

Advance registration is recommended for this free event. For more information, contact Holly Holm at 822-7112 or

■ Business Chat with BLAEDC Execs Thursday

The Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC) is hosting a Business Chat Thursday with its retired business executives.

The executives will share coffee and be available for a business conversation from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday at Brick House Pizza, 302 Washington St., Brainerd.

Questions on all business subjects are welcomed and encouraged.

BLAEDC’s monthly Business Chats are unstructured and informal discussions among BLAEDC representatives, members of BLAEDC’s Executive Initiative (EXECs) and anyone who may have specific business-related issues they’d like to discuss.

The EXECs are retired business executives who volunteer their time helping BLAEDC grow business and increase jobs in Crow Wing County. They have a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of business such as finance, manufacturing, sales and marketing, strategic planning, human resources and more. A number of EXECs will be on hand to offer their business insight to any topics that are brought up.

The Business Chat is free and open to the public. No RSVPs are required, and coffee will be available. For more information, contact Chris at 828-0096 or email him at

■ St. Gabriel’s Hospital

to host Friday Morning Coffee

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber members, employees and guests from 7:30-9 a.m. on Friday to St. Gabriel’s Hospital, 815 Second St. SE in Little Falls, for Friday Morning Coffee.

Announcements are at 8:15 a.m. Sponsoring this month is St. Gabriel’s Hospital.

■ Free seminar offered

on arthritis and joint pain

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System will host an educational seminar on arthritis, joint pain, and joint replacement.

The event is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the lower level classrooms at Lakewood’s Main Campus east of Staples.

Pie and coffee will be served at 5:30 p.m. and a presentation by Northern Orthopedics surgeon, Dr. Chris Metz, will begin at 5:50 p.m. Following the presentation, members of the Lakewood Joint Connection Team and previous Joint Connection patients will answer audience questions. The evening will conclude with an optional tour of the Joint Connection area at 7 p.m.

Joint Connection is a comprehensive orthopedic wellness program for both knee and hip replacement patients at Lakewood Health System. Led by Jennifer Strickland, registered nurse, Joint Connection coordinator, and surgeons from Northern Orthopedics, Joint Connection provides education, treatment and surgical support for anyone suffering from joint disease, arthritis, or the negative effects of normal wear and tear. RSVPs are appreciated and can be made by calling 218-894-8623. For more information, call Ron Murray at 218-894-8578.

■ Free Thrivent workshop

on basic estate planning

LITTLE FALLS — Thrivent Financial is hosting a free educational workshop on estate preservation.

Called “Estate Strategy Essentials,” the one hour workshop is planned at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Little Falls Senior Center at 510 7th St. NE, Little Falls.

The workshop is being presented by Carlyle Olsen, financial associate with Thrivent Financial.

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